Two large big box retailers — Costco in Atwater Village and Home Depot in Cypress Park — have experienced two of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks on the Eastside, according to LA County public health reports.
County health officials track outbreaks of three or more people at workplaces. In recent weeks, large outbreaks have been reported among many large retailers, including Target and Whole Foods, according to the LA Times.
The latest figures show that 45 staff members were infected at Home Depot on Figueroa Street. The home improvement and hardware store is among 9 other Home Depots in Los Angeles County with outbreaks ranging from 15- 51 confirmed staff cases.
Home Depot spokeswoman Margaret Smith was unable to comment on the outbreak at the Cypress Park store but provided information the company’s procedures in such cases.
“Our focus is the safety of our associates and customers,” Smith said. “which is why we’ve implemented numerous safety measures including requiring masks, daily health checks for associates, social distancing and enhanced cleaning in addition to paid leave and time-off policies for associates which can be used for any reason.”